BIR – Basic Instrument Rating

In accordance with EASA standards: PART-FCL

Basic Instrument Rating, abbreviated as BIR(A), is a simplified instrument qualification replacing En-route Instrument Rating (EIR).



This instrument flying qualification is intended for private pilots who intend to fly in meteorological conditions where the use of instruments is necessary for safe flight. Compared to the instrument qualification for professional pilots IR(A), this qualification has simplified theory and shortened flight training.

The BIR qualification has higher weather limits compared to the IR(A) qualification. A comparative table is available here.


Flight Training:

Total Flight Training Hours: 0-35 hours*

  • Including FNPT II simulator: Up to 15 hours*
  • Including in aircraft (A/C): Up to 20 hours*
  • The training is carried out in a single-engine SEP aeroplane and can be extended by training in a twin-engine MEP aeroplane

*The minimum number of training hours for BIR is determined by the Flight Training Organization (ATO) based on the needs and experience of the BIR qualification applicant, ensuring successful completion of the skill test with a Flight Examiner (FE). The course only specifies the recommended amount of training hours.

Crediting of Previous Experience: Previous experience can be credited up to the full extent of the total course hours, up to 100%.

Conditions: Applicants for BIR who hold a PPL or CPL issued according to EASA standards and at the same time hold a valid IR(A) qualification issued in accordance with the requirements of Annex 1 of the Chicago Convention in third countries (outside EASA) may have their IFR flight hours fully credited to the Basic Instrument Rating (BIR) flight training course.

To be eligible for the BIR qualification, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete the skill test
  • Verbally demonstrate to the examiner during the skill test that they have a corresponding level of theoretical knowledge in aviation law, meteorology, and flight planning; and
  • Have a minimum of 25 hours of IFR flight experience as a Pilot-in-Command (PIC) in an aircraft.

Theory Instruction:

Before commencing the BIR(A) training course, students must begin the BIR(A) Theory Course. More information about the BIR(A) Theory Course at our school can be found here.*

The BIR(A) Theory Course must be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and can be completed at any flight school offering this course. Applicants for the IR(A) flight test must successfully pass the BIR(A) theory exams at the CAA in any EASA member state.

*Applicants with prior knowledge of IR procedures may have the number of hours in the BIR Theory Course reduced by the Flight Training Organization (ATO) based on the results of the IR procedures knowledge test.


The price you will have to pay to learn to fly and obtain a pilot’s license varies from person to person and depends on many factors. The price should not be the main factor in deciding where to get your pilot’s license. When it comes to flight training, cheap is rarely good.

Basic factors affecting the cost of training:

  • Your goals in aviation
  • Type of aircraft for training with regard to goals
  • How much time can I devote to training


Your goals in flying have a significant impact on how your overall flight training will be conducted. If you want to fly only recreationally, training in an aircraft with lighter avionics will be significantly cheaper than compared to a businessman or future professional pilot.

The price of pilot training for individual pilot licenses is set in connection with the number of flight hours in the curriculum, the time of ground preparations, and theoretical instruction in the classroom. Further, it is necessary to count additional expenses for landing and other airport fees and fees for exams at authorities and payments for obtaining necessary permits for training.

In our flight school, you receive the following for your training FREE of charge:


Distance theory courses with online teaching and video conferences

Study materials included in the course price

Theory courses start 6 times a year

Possibility to customize your studies individually

Flight school near Prague

High success rate of our students in exams

Thanks to the Airbus A320 FNPT II MCC APS Simulator, our school has secured a leading position not only in the Czech Republic but also in Central Europe. The Airbus A320 FNPT II MCC simulator meets EASA requirements for Airline Pilot Standard (APS) pilot training.

The BSA aircraft fleet consists of CESSNA aircraft equipped with modern avionics used in commercial aircraft. All aircraft are carefully and regularly serviced.

Blue Sky Aviation is a certified company in the international network of CESSNA PILOT CENTER flight schools operated by the aircraft manufacturer Cessna, an American company Textron Aviation.

Pilot training from zero to professional commercial aircraft pilot according to European EASA standards. The obtained licenses and qualifications are valid in all countries of the European Union.

Don’t have enough personal funds for training? We will help you secure financing for your pilot training.

We go above and beyond to accommodate your needs and requirements, both in training and when renting aircraft. Our flight and theoretical courses are conducted in the form of individual lessons, exclusively between an instructor and a student.

Learning materials for the theory course and sample questions for exam preparation are available to you 24/7 online and offline on our unique e-Learning portal. The theory teaching materials are FREE OF CHARGE.

You can reserve the aircraft for your flights yourself in our online reservation system.

We offer our own accommodation for students of our flight school directly at our airport Kladno or next to the airport Vaclav Havel in Prague – 20 min from us.